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Hack This Heat Wave

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 30, 2012 at 4:59 PM

So if you live in the South, Midwest (or watch the news), you've know about this oppressive heat wave that's going on right now. Today, during my CrossFit class (I'm new to this kind of exercise), my performance was terrible and I fought the whole time not to pass out. I was trying to drink water and drank water before, during, and after exercise, but even during simple warm ups I kept having to stop and rest. I've had better performance when it's cooler outside. So my question is: what do you do with it's so damn hot outside? How do you work out and prevent injury when it's going to be 100 degrees or more that day? Or is it best to just stay indoors when the sun's up?

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on June 30, 2012
at 10:45 PM

2 things that help me in any hot weather - drinking some coconut water and taking cold showers. Try going out in the evenings and mornings if possible, when it's cooler.

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on June 30, 2012
at 10:07 PM

I *love* that stuff!

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on June 30, 2012
at 08:37 PM

You know what goes great with heat waves? Beards. Right, Joshua?

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on June 30, 2012
at 08:36 PM

You know wht goes great with her waves? Beards. Right, Joshua?

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on June 30, 2012
at 05:58 PM

Grin and bear it. Wear tight performance underclothes with loose clothes over that you can change into frequently to keep the sweat wicking/evaporating constantly. Expect to change shorts once per workout, shirts 3x per workout. Stock up on light colored gear if you don't have a source of shade, dark colors (typical for workout wear) absorb the heat and make it extra miserable.

Bananas before the workout, and after. Sweet potatoes. Any decent source of electrolytes, especially potassium and magnesium.

I'm also (lately) keen on coconut water during a workout.

We deal with humid+hot for 9 months out of the year in Florida, then it's just humid+warm, and for years I trained strongman outdoors 3 days a week. It made winter workouts awesome - I always set PR's from November - March, and for the rest of the year just slogged in my workouts.

They make you stronger/tougher. Just stay hydrated, and if you do throw up, drop your core temperature immediately by dousing yourself in cold water. Exercise-induced heatstroke is no fun.

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on June 30, 2012
at 08:36 PM

You know wht goes great with her waves? Beards. Right, Joshua?

E8dd83fe24a0879d8b16ab4ca92b72dd

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on June 30, 2012
at 08:37 PM

You know what goes great with heat waves? Beards. Right, Joshua?

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on June 30, 2012
at 06:50 PM

Like Joshua said, mind your hydration and make sure you're getting enough salts before, during, and after the workout. Cordain recommends a mix of water, salt, and sugar for long workouts (2+ hours), and I usually add a shake of salt to my PWO heavy cream. Coconut water is also good, and I find the taste to be less offensive when I'm a bit dehydrated.

In terms of staying cool, soak a bandana in cold water and tie it around your head or toss a few ice cubes under a hat. During rest, put something cold (water bottle, ice pack, etc) on your wrists or the back of your neck to cool down a bit more.

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on June 30, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I use http://www.amazon.com/Emergen-C-820340-Electro-Mix-30-count/dp/B002HWRY5S/ and a quarter teaspoon of salt in a water bottle.

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on June 30, 2012
at 10:07 PM

I *love* that stuff!

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on June 30, 2012
at 07:31 PM

I would listen to my body here, heat stroke is not fun, at all...if you know you're hydrated and you're still wanting to pass out, your body is telling you something...I'd listen, also, Find an activity you can do indoors for that day..swimming sounds like it might be a good option...beat that heat!

truth.

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on June 30, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Hydration is key. Also, try to exercise in the early morning hours when it's coolest. Also, realize that you don't need to work out as hard or as long in the heat to get a full workout. The heat is "part" of your training.

You might also try some water-related workouts for awhile. Swimming, water aerobics, water polo, water dance, walking or running in the water, treading water etc. can all give you a good workout and are a lot of fun for a change when it's hot. You can also do great resistance training in the pool. I usually give up my other workouts in the summer and just head to the pool. It's fun for a few months - then I'm ready to dive back into my martial arts training and weight-lifting in September.

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on June 30, 2012
at 08:33 PM

My favorite PWO thing ever right now: frozen veggies, half defrosted but still cold, with mustard and salt on top. I like watery veggies like zucchini the best: it's like eating a popsicle. A delicious, vitamin-electrolyte popsicle.

During workouts I recommend coconut water.

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on June 30, 2012
at 07:55 PM

I used to get pretty cold when I my carbs were low, I wonder if that would help at all. Also trying to stay in shade and well hydrated keeps me from getting sick. A big hat would help too.

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